Renfrewshire businesses in rural communities gain access to new full-fibre connectivity as Commsworld completes work in record time

Commsworld has completed the build of its full-fibre internet connectivity to rural towns and villages in Renfrewshire in record time as part of the new infrastructure being delivered through the £15 million Connectivity as a Service framework contract signed with Renfrewshire Council.

The Edinburgh-headquartered firm, the UK’s largest independent network provider, rolled out 32km of full-fibre directly to  Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton, Houston, Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan in just over four months after it was awarded the landmark contract with the Council in June.

It means businesses in these areas will have access through Commsworld to industry-leading connections at cost-effective rates. This includes Inchinnan Business Park, home to Rolls-Royce, and plans are in place to extend to the developing manufacturing innovation district AMIDS.

Charles Quinn, Commsworld Chief Commercial Officer, said this successful completion means businesses in these areas, who may have previously struggled to gain quality and cost-effective Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), can now access up to 10 Gigabit connectivity thanks to Commsworld.

He said: “Commsworld can now deliver a superfast service to business premises across Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton, Houston and Bridge of Weir into Kilbarchan.

“It means Renfrewshire companies now have access to our UK-wide Optical Core Network, which provides high quality and highly resilient connectivity. Not only that, but we can deliver it at much more cost effective rates to the businesses operating in this area. The benefits include a superior quality and reliable service from a Scottish-based company, whose excellence in service and support are based north of the border.

“We will be working in partnership with the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce to ensure businesses in these rural towns and villages are fully aware of the benefits.”

Bob Grant, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, praised the work of Commsworld in delivering full-fibre to businesses in record time.

He said: “Speed and minimal disruption with Commsworld’s excellent project management has meant our business community can now benefit from a 10 Gigabit service well ahead of schedule.

“The last months have emphasised the importance of a fast and secure digital connection and we are delighted that Commsworld has demonstrated such commitment to Renfrewshire with its installation and investment.”

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, said: “This is excellent news for local businesses in our rural towns and villages. The Coronavirus pandemic has underlined the critical importance of connectivity to our business community as shops adapt to sell their products online and companies rely on better bandwidth to communicate with suppliers, staff and customers.

“The Council’s groundbreaking Connectivity as a Service contract with Commsworld ensures sustained investment in our digital infrastructure over the coming years and work is well underway on developing a future-proofed 130km full fibre network, greatly improving connectivity at local schools, nurseries, libraries, town halls, community centres and care homes.”